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Old 28 May 2015, 20:33   #1
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Is this Avon SR4 a good deal???

Have a look at this...

1998 Avon sr4, 40hp Tohatsu 3500?

Used Boat Sales in Ireland, Luxury Boats for Sale, Luxury Used Boat On Sale

Does this seem a good deal or is it overpriced???

Am due to buy a friends Zodiac Pro 2 420 with 40 Mercury 2 stroke for 2500 but have also spotted the Avon sr4.

Since finding this forum I keep reading you guys all agreeing that the sr4 is the best small rib.

Im just wondering is it a better choice?

Cant help thinking the centre console looks so much more practical.

the Zodiac is mint and engine isnt too shabby and its a grand less but if this sr4 seems a better boat and a good price then I'm open to it.

My friend selling the Zodiac will have no issue if I pull out.

What do you think guys? You all seem very experienced so I am just looking for some help in making the right decision.

Not too many small ribs come up in NI locally to me so choice is thin on the ground.

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Old 29 May 2015, 02:22   #2
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Personally....


I think it's a touch over priced- but then if supply is low and demand is high the price has prob been adjusted to suit.

However....it is a far better buy than the Zodiac. You wont't get many people say anything negative about Seariders (especially on here) and as I've owned one- with a Tohatsu 50hp on the back, I can confirm they are a good solid boat.

There's not a lot of info on the Seariders webpage and it looks like it's being sold by a broker- if it's not too far away then go take a look- sound/look interested in it and see what's negotiable on the price.?

How long has it been up for sale.? If it's been hanging around for a while, there may be scope for a deal

Either way- I'd be happier buying something that met my requirements for more money than something that didn't for less.!!
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Old 29 May 2015, 02:47   #3
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totally agree with wibs for a grand extra i would go searider it looks pretty decent go have a look there's 10 horse more on the back with the tohatsu solid engines.try him at 3000 you never know.
loads of proud owners on here with technical support if it needs a bit of TLC.
good luck
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Old 29 May 2015, 03:31   #4
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Wow...pretty definitive opinions and much appreciated.

Yes I thought it might be a touch overpriced based on my late night research!

I had been scouring the forum since joining and keep seeing people raving about them.

1998 boat seems quite young compared to what I see on ebay etc.

I'll give them a call.

What about if they wont budge on price...should I hold off? Don't want to pay over the odds for something if its likely to loose me a tin of money in future.
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Old 29 May 2015, 03:43   #5
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David

if your serious about it go with cash in your pocket i would think there's room there from their side always tempting when you wave the readies.

give it a go
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Old 29 May 2015, 03:52   #6
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They are about 70 miles away so will call first to see what the deal is.

There aren't many about for sale over here.

They open in half an hour.

But keep your thoughts coming on this.

Maybe somebody knows of a better deal?
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Old 29 May 2015, 04:05   #7
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there's a couple on ebay one at 2600 classified ad 50 evinrude and one with a 40 mariner on at 2295 or make an offer as a comparison
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Old 29 May 2015, 06:23   #8
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Hi there, I have an SR4 very similar to the one you've posted, no A frame, but with a mid to late 90s Mercury 50hp two stroke with PTT on the back (seen here with the girlfriend on the beach for a coffee/cake stop):



I paid a little less than that including trailer, 3 fuel tanks, lifejackets, flares and someother bits and bobs, but then had a little more choice, although younger SR4s don't seem to come round that often.

It's a great little boat, fine with two on bord, gets tight with 4 adults (if there are this many on boards it's only for short distance fishing trips in good conditions). Mine has a cool box that acts as a bench seat in the rear which helps a little.
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Old 29 May 2015, 06:48   #9
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Tim am I right in thinking 1998 is a bit fresher than most that come up for sale?

Phoned, the engines only a forty that would be good enough wouldn't it?

Am I right in saying the Tohatsu would be a good motor? Or is it just same as rest?

They have accepted 3000. Going up in morning for a water trial.

New battery, cover and they assure me owner is a very genuine chap and that its been well maintained.

Even at 3 I think I would be paying enough but it is a younger model.

Cant tell me age of engine though?

I do see the few in ebay but by time factor in ferry to mainland and back, fuel etc, soon adds up. Would make the trip for an exceptional one bit none of the ones for sale really jump out at me as being worth the trek.

There are a few very cheap ones in south of Ireland and euro rate is excellent at moment but they look bit tired. Don't want project. Want something ready to go so kids can have some fun with me.

What do you think guys???Is 3000 still steep ie-will I find it hard to make money back if I decide to sell in few years?

Not a rich man so don't want to throw my money away.

Tim does it get really tight with 4? Mainly me and 2 boys but possible wife in odd occasion.

Oh.. Thankyou for all the advice so far. Its a real godsend that I found this forum.
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Old 29 May 2015, 12:56   #10
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Well going up for test tomorrow. And unless somebody jumps in to say its a daft idea, I will coming home with it.

My friend isn't too bothered that Im not buying the Zodiac as he is going to add 500 to the asking price and let it sit for sale.
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